Supporters, staff and participants in the AGS Math-a-Thon all pose together after a successful 2019 campaign.

Albion Grade School breezed right past the goal of their recent fundraiser, the Math-a-thon, for St. Jude’s Hospital.

According to Francie Ellis, a first-grade teacher at AGS, the school was in the top 100 fundraisers in 2018. This year looks promising as well.

The school had set a goal of $10,000, but the students raised $12,022.70 for St. Jude. This is due, likely, in part to the elevated participation that the school saw from students this year.

Ellis stated that the school usually sees about 75–80 students participate. This year, however, the school saw a near 30 percent increase in student participation, growing the student count to 106.

This growth of participation can likely be attributed to Patti Williams connecting with area businesses to sponsor prizes.

Several local businesses sponsored prizes for the kids.

Wabash Valley Service donated 2 iPads; Nobbe John Deere and Hershel Johnson donated Nintendo Switches; Albion Equipment donated a hoverboard; Citizens National Bank and Bent Spokes donated bicycles; Shopko and KnappMart both donated gift cards to their businesses; and Colyer’s Coffee House donated free Italian sodas.

Darlene Williams, Scott and Traci Shepherd, Jan Kuykendall, Albion Auto, Country Financial, First National Bank of Allendale and IGA all made financial contributions as well.

The school recognized the top fundraisers in two different categories: K-3rd Grade Top Leaders and 4th-8th Grade Top Leaders.

The top leaders in the K-3rd Grade category were Abbigail Young ($300), Gage Smith ($337.50), Lillian Hazelrigg ($345), Colton Smith ($347.50) and Lucy Harrison ($465).

The top leaders in the 4th-8th Grade category were Dayton Grove ($250), Timothy Young ($300), Trenton Jefferson ($410) and Tyler Willis ($2,121). Willis has raised $5.926.25 over the past three years.